Government releases details of customs training funding

The government has released details of the one-off £8 million funding scheme for customs intermediaries and traders announced in September. Customs intermediaries and traders completing customs declarations can now apply for grants to support training and IT with applications open from 4 December. The government says it has engaged extensively with industry bodies and key providers of customs broker services – including freight forwarders, fast parcel operators and independent customs ... [+]

Updated: Government unprepared and secretive over Brexit transport plans, say MPs

A Public Accounts Committee (PAC) published today (28 November) has warned that there is “a real risk” of the UK’s transport system being unprepared for Brexit on 29 March and that the Department for Transport has been unnecessarily secretive in its planning It says that risks are increasing “as time runs ... [+]

HMRC faces ‘daunting task’ says Commons committee

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) faces a daunting task in preparing for the UK’s exit from the European Union, which could also hamper its ability to tackle tax fraud, said the House of Commons Public Accounts committee in a report published on 2 November. It said that HMRC was being forced ... [+]

Government invests to get trade Brexit-ready

HM Treasury and HMRC have designed a package of measures, to help  companies prepare for Brexit in March 2019. It will include a one-off investment of £8 million to support broker training and increased automation. Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Mel Stride, said: “HM Treasury and HMRC have been engaging extensively with ... [+]

Shipping and the Bribery Act

The Parliamentary Select Committee on the Bribery Act 2010 is to hold a hearing on how the Bribery Act 2010 has affected the shipping industry on 30 October. It will hear evidence from professionals in the shipping industry, business integrity, exporters and smaller firms about bribery cases, the challenges facing ... [+]

Trailer bill back in Lords

The Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill returned to the House of Lords on 4 July for consideration of Commons amendments. Members discussed subjects including accidents involving trailers, safety testing of trailers and the registration of trailers in Northern Ireland. As both Houses have agreed on the text of the bill ... [+]

Gove ponders live animal export ban

Environment Secretary Michael Gove launched a call for evidence on 10 April for a possible post-Brexit ban on the export of live animals for slaughter. He is seeking views from industry, devolved authorities, charities and the general public on how the government might raise standards of animal welfare during transport after ... [+]

UK publishes trade bill

The UK Government published its ‘Brexit’ trade bill on 7 November, in which it set out the steps it would take to minimise disruption after March 2019. It includes provisions for the UK to implement over 40 existing EU trade agreements, making the UK an independent member of the Agreement on ... [+]

Government publishes Customs bill

The UK government published a Customs Bill on 9 October, to legislate for the UK’s future customs, VAT and excise regimes after Brexit in March 2019. The bill does not prescribe future customs arrangements as such, but rather creates the legislative framework need to create a standalone customs regime. Current UK ... [+]

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